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Golf coach Steve Robinson pushes for more trophies
ESTEEMED golf coach Steve Robinson heralded the capture of 11 national titles in ten years with the intent to stash more silverware on the domestic and European front.
The victory notched by the Yorkshire women’s team in the England county finals at Wilmslow in Cheshire was contributed to by three players from North Yorkshire clubs.
Robinson is the coach of the team and that conquest in Cheshire was the 11th national crown captured by teams he has overseen since his first appointment to national status in 2003.
The women’s team had won five national titles on the spin before adding this year’s honour, while the boys’ team, who provided his first success ten years ago as a prelude to four consecutive triumphs, sampled English title victory again last year.
Said Robinson: “The women’s win last weekend took me on to 11 and I was really pleased about that because you tend to wonder whether you’ll be stuck on ten.
“You wonder whether there’ll be an 11th. But now I want titles 12, 13… and so on. That’s what drives me on.”
And his push for more trophies has been boosted by the recent agreement of new two-year deals as coach of the full England women’s and boys’ teams.
Robinson, who started his national coaching days while working as the head professional at Malton & Norton GC, is currently head of his own academy at York’s Sandburn Hall GC, where he holds many coaching sessions for his various national teams.
Just two months ago he coached the English women’s team in the European Ladies Amateur Team Championship on home York terrain, the tournament restoring bigtime golf to Fulford GC.
England finished fourth, but while getting to the semi-finals was the pre-tournament target, the Sandburn Hall-based pro said it was not good enough, adding how a stealthy revolution was now taking shape to improve the national team’s performances.
Later this month he is off to Denmark to study methods employed there. Currently the Scandinavian nations are a rising force in women’s golf with the Finland team narrowly losing to Spain in the final at Fulford.
Added Robinson: “When you look at the teams from Scandinavia they are physically very athletic and so at EnglandGolf we have started a new programme, where not only are we working with a sports psychologist, and an under-18s’ coach, but we also have a new fitness and conditioning regime.
“And the group of girls we have, the majority are under the age of 18, so we know there is a lot of talent coming through to work with.”
Robinson’s wholehearted work ethic was evident when he declared: “In my five years in charge of the England teams we have got to two semi-finals and a final. This year our status was the fourth best team in Europe, but I did not come into this job to be fourth.
“We have to be consistently winning and to make sure that we turn up in major tournaments.
That’s the legacy of Fulford, to improve in as many areas as we can.
“You hear coaches saying they want that extra one per cent, but me, I’m greedy, I want that extra two per cent.”
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